BGSU student trustee is finalist for Diamante Award

Raquel Colon, a BGSU junior majoring in political science, is one of three finalists for the Latino Youth Leadership award that will be presented at the Diamante Awards banquet and ceremony next month.

Raquel Colon
Raquel Colon

The first Latina to serve as a student trustee on the University’s board of trustees, Colon is past president of the BGSU Latino Student Union and served as the LSU board secretary in 2003-04. She also is a member of the Diversity Leadership Team and participated in the University’s Leadershape Institute. She is the daughter of Diana Segura of Curtice and Roberto Colon of Oregon.

In addition to the Latino Youth Leadership Award, awards will be presented in the categories of Latino Adult Leadership and Corporation/Community Agency.

Winners are chosen based on recognition of exemplary leadership/achievements within the Latino community or community at large, or demonstrated excellence in their fields; dedication and commitment in an ethical and inclusive fashion, and modeling qualities and behaviors of a mentor for youth and community.

Now sponsored by BGSU, Owens Community College, the University of Toledo, Lourdes College and the Medical University of Ohio, the annual Diamante Awards were founded by the northwest Ohio Latino advocacy organization IMAGE in 1989 to recognize individuals and organizations in the local Hispanic community for their outstanding contributions and achievements. The initiative includes providing scholarships to make it possible for Latino students to attend college.

This year’s banquet and ceremony will be held Sept. 9 in the Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the ceremony to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door. For more information, contact Robbin Wilcox at 419-824-3813.

August 22, 2005